Christopher Thomas took a consulting gig last year thinking he’d use his decades of experience as Michigan’s elections director to help Detroit prepare for a recount.
It didn’t turn out to be the routine retirement gig he expected.
Thomas became a star witness undermining Donald Trump’s claims of “voter fraud” at multiple turns. He testified in a court case seeking to stop the election, addressed the meeting where the vote nearly wasn’t certified, and shaped the Republican lawmaker’s report finding no widespread fraud in Michigan’s 2020 presidential race.
“Chris is not an expert,” David Fink, lead attorney for the city’s post-2020 election litigation, said in an interview. “He’s the election expert in Michigan.”